Monday, November 3, 2014


The sun is peeking over the black hills. Golden fingers of sunshine crawl across the fields flicking aside blue and purple shadows as it flows west. Sparkles of light dance in the tall frosted grass. The sun caresses the long stalks releasing subtle splinters of color. Black silhouette of trees sway in the wind as if inviting the sun to move along. The remaining leaves sigh and wave against the deep purple and magenta of the sky. 

As I sip my coffee, bundled up against the cold, I watch the leaves flame gold and orange in the morning light. So bright against the shadows of the tree limbs. Crows and ravens arrow east across the morning sky to seek the warmth of the sun. They dip and sway in the slender rays of sunshine, calling strident good morning.

A vivid flash of red in the branches of a tree catches my eye. A family of cardinals have found the sun, chattering and fluffing feathers to take in the warmth. Blue Jays are swinging below on the bird feeders as they grab sunflower seeds. The squirrel above isn't too happy having to wait for its turn at the feeders. Its broadcasting its displeasure for all to hear. The cardinals will await the sun before dropping to the ground to break their fast.

I can’t help but smile as I watch a couple of cats chase the leaves that blow across the field. They’ll get down to serious hunting in a bit but first the fun of chasing the leaves. 

My horses are standing under the community tree waiting the warmth of the sun to reach them. Sassy nickers a good morning and saunters over to the fence
Doctari in the sunshine
Patiently waiting for a cookie
with hopes of a cookie but I didn't bring any out. I’m too lazy, um, cozy snuggled in my chair with a cat on my lap to want to move. She arches her neck over the fence, nostrils flaring—she has hopes I have one or two hidden. If there wasn't a fence she’d be on the patio with me, snuffling my body for hidden goodies. “Later, me darlin’ Sassy, later.” She tosses her head and goes back to the herd.

Morning has broken. The sunshine is warm on my face. The land is shimmering in the morning sunshine. My coffee is about gone and my hands are cold. Time to go back inside and start my day.

I take a deep breath scenting the rich smells of damp earth, fallen leaves, the bite of morning chill and sunshine. It's good to be alive.

It’s going to be a great day!

The community tree.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes it is! Bring on the chill of autumn.

Stephen Tremp said...

Every day above the ground is a great day! Fall festivals are fun. I miss them as we don;t have them in So. Cal. But when I lived in Michigan there were seasonal festivals of some sort every week somewhere.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely descriptive post, Loved the photo;s It was a pleasure to read.

Have a good day.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. what a lovely way to start your day .. and that Community tree is a great tree with a wonderful name ... love the specials too ... cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We woke up to frosty grass and a clear morning. It is a beautiful day.

~Sia McKye~ said...

ALEX--I'll take the chill of autumn so long as the icy cold of winter holds off a bit longer. :-)

STEPHEN--Yep every day above ground is a good one. So long as I'm breathing and moving I can make changes. Festivals are fun.

~Sia McKye~ said...

NASHVILLECATS-- thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

HILARY--It is a good start to my day. I enjoy being outside for a bit and watch the sunrise. The community tree and the giant oak in the front yard--it's at least a hundred years old and about 4 foot around--are my favorite tree. The community tree is still a young'un. But the horses love the tree and can found there most days.

DIANE--sounds like a good start of your morning. :-)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds so lovely. It has been so windy here, it's ruining the enjoyment of the fall landscape.

Karen Walker said...

Exquisite description, Sia.

~Sia McKye~ said...

SUSAN--we have winds and had rain but it's been sunny the last few days. I'm enjoying that.

KAREN--thank you.

Kat Sheridan said...

Great writing, Sia! What a lovely way to start the day. It's actually been down in the 40s for the last couple of mornings (when 60s isthe more usual morning temp). Hubs put up a bird feeder for me, which mostly attract cardinals, blue jays, and woodpeckers (so far I've seen no hint of the sparrows I love so much up North). Bird watching and coffee are a great way to start the day!

Natalie Aguirre said...

You're making me want to stop and have a cup of coffee.

Jo said...

Very evocative Sia. Beautifully written. Hope it was a great day.

shelly said...

Nice imagery. Beautifully written.